Uses of Glimepiride
This medication is used for managing non-insulin dependent diabetes
Side effects of Glimepiride
Some patients might experience hypoglycemia and liver failure. Please consult your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
When not to use Glimepiride
Please consult your doctor before taking this medication if you have any of these conditions; insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (type of diabetes), or diabetic Ketoacidosis (diabetic complication).
How to take Glimepiride
This medicine should be taken with food.
Uses of Metformin
This medicine is indicated in maturity onset diabetes either alone or with sulphonylureas. It is also used as adjuvant therapy in insulin dependent diabetes, particularly in obese patients.
Side effects of Metformin
GI upset, taste disturbance, abnormal liver function tests, hepatitis (inflammatory condition of liver), skin reactions, reduced B12 absorption are some of its side effects. Rarely it may cause lactic acidosis (buildup of lactate causing acidic pH of blood stream).
When not to use Metformin
This medicine is contraindicated in patients with diabetic ketoacidosis (life threatening condition in which liver breaks down fats into ketones for energy) or precoma (a state of near unconsciousness), renal (kidney) or hepatic (liver) impairment, acute conditions predisposing to renal impairment, cardiac or respiratory failure, recent myocardial infarction (heart attack), alcoholism and in patients with administration of iodinated contrast materials.